Sirens & Gavels

Paramedic accused of slapping patient

By Thomas Clouse

State officials have suspended the license of a paramedic who worked for Spokane’s private ambulance service after his superiors reported that the paramedic had choked and slapped a patient in December.

Andrew N. Singleton, 67, apparently is no longer working for American Medical Response, said Gordon MacCracken, spokesman for the Washington State Department of Health. A check of local court files shows that Singleton is not currently facing misdemeanor or felony charges.

AMR officials did not return a phone call Friday.

According to MacCracken, Singleton entered the patient’s bedroom to check on her. The woman, described as petite, pushed against Singleton who then grabbed her by the throat and pushed her across the room onto her bed. He then slapped the woman twice, according to state records.

“It doesn’t appear that she was badly injured,” MacCracken said. “Our issue is always patient safety.”

Singleton, who has been licensed since 1996, has 20 days to request a hearing. Efforts to reach Singleton were unsuccessful.

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